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“One million IDPs live in Afghanistan”

AT Monitoring Desk-KABUL: At least one million Afghans have been internally displaced as a result of conflict, natural disasters and severe poverty over past few years, officials in a Norwegian refugee council said Monday.

Danielle Moylan said the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) are living miserable life in Afghanistan and that they need more and more help.

Moylan said the situation of the displaced families will worsen if the Afghan government and international donor agencies remained silent to help them.

Most of the IDPs are living in southern parts of the country which are at least 223,278 people, while those living in western parts make the second largest IDPs population – 220,434 persons.

She said 169,958 persons have been displaced in central provinces, 14,489 in eastern, 97,425 in northern, 64,020 in northwestern, and 24,189 in southwestern provinces of Afghanistan.

The official said most residents of Kunduz, Badghis and Helmand provinces are among the IDPs which have been internally displaced as a result of conflicts in their areas.

On July 14, a report by United Nations (UN) revealed that the number of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Afghanistan has dramatically increased since the collapse of the Taliban regime in 2001.

The report said that at least one million Afghans, representing three percent of the country’s population, have been forced to leave their homes due to violence and insecurity. Some 40 percent of Afghanistan’s current IDPs are said to now live in the northeastern parts of the country, the report added.

The Interior Ministry spokesman, Sediq Sediqi, recently said that Afghan military operations are ongoing in 11 provinces, and security officials have assured that they are doing everything to protect civilian life.

However, locals claim that they are not safe in the clashes between Afghan security forces and militants therefore they are obliged to leave their houses and reside in safe areas of their provinces.

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